In line with his 28th anniversary in the business, as well as the 25th anniversary of his management company, Manila Genesis Entertainment & Management, Inc., Gary Valenciano with support from ABSCBN, STAR CINEMA, ASAP ROCKS and STAR RECORDS, opens the last four months of the year with two highly-anticipated and much-awaited projects.
Gary Valenciano just released a full-length compilation album project entitled “With Love, Gary Valenciano.” The CD is a compilation of the successful and well-loved film and television theme songs performed by one of the most respected musical icons, Gary V, for ABS-CBN and Star Cinema, the latest of which are “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” from the recently concluded hit teleserye and “Where Do I Begin (Love Story)” from the movie In The Name Of Love which is the album’s carrier single. The music video of “Where Do I Begin (Love Story)” is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, currently airing on Myx and is rapidly climbing its hit and most requested charts.
Other tracks are “Kung Tayo Magkakalayo” (from the teleserye Kung Tayo Magkakalayo), “Tayong Dalawa” (from the teleserye Tayong Dalawa), “Sana Maulit Muli” (from the teleserye Sana Maulit Muli), “And I Love You So” (from the movie And I Love You So), “Because of You” (from the movie B’cuz Of U), “Ikaw Lamang” (from the movie Dubai), “Kailangan Kita” (from the movie Kailangan Kita), “How Did You Know” (from the movie All My Life), “Anak” (from the movie Anak), and “One Hello” (from the movie When Love Begins).
To further spice up the album project and his anniversary, Mr. Pure Energy is also gearing up for his upcoming television special which airs on September 4 (Sunday) at 10:45 p.m. on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best. Inspired by the title of his latest CD, the special is also titled “With Love, Gary Valenciano.”
“With Love, Gary Valenciano” is directed by Johnny Manahan with musical direction by Marvin Querido and choreography by Georcelle Dapat of the G-Force. Arrangements were done by Mon Faustino, Gabriel Valenciano, Marvin Querido, and Gary V himself. According to the staff and crew of ABSCBN, “We have never seen Mr. M so inspired to direct a TV special in a while.” “Mr.M” and Gary collaborated in many numbers, meeting and sharing ideas and concepts to come up with a great special. “I’m so excited as I haven’t worked this much with Mr. M in so many years! I am so honored that he spent so much time for every segment to make it a great production number,” Gary V relates.
The phenomenal success of “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin,” the most recent teleserye wherein Gary V sang the theme song, inspired ABS-CBN, Star Records, ASAP Rocks and Manila Genesis to conceptualize and produce “With Love, Gary Valenciano” the TV special. Gary even made a cameo appearance as himself in the final episode of “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” which is reported to have one of the highest ratings in recent television history! In films, Aga Muhlach is known to always request for Gary to sing the theme songs of his movies under Star Cinema. Five songs in the album were used in his films.
The special chronicles the colorful and prolific career of Gary V which spans 28 years. Gary V who is one of the most awarded and commercially successful singer/songwriters the entertainment industry has produced and countless hit songs have brought joy and inspiration throughout the years, many of which he wrote, produced, and arranged himself such as “Take Me Out of the Dark,” “Sana Maulit Muli,” “Di Bale Na Lang,” “When I Hear You Call,” “Shout For Joy,” among others released by his home recording company for 25 years, Universal Records which are likewise included in the special.
Paying tribute to Gary V on the TV special are some of his colleagues and friends in the industry as well as personal friends including Ryan Cayabyab, Kuh Ledesma, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, German Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Ogie Alcasid, Iya Vilania, Donita Rose, Jed Madela, Carla Martinez, Piolo Pascual, Roselle Monteverde, Annabelle Regalado-Borja, Erik Santos, Sam Concepcion, Freddie Santos, and Jericho Rosales among many others. The Dance community like Manolet Santos, John Pratts, Rayver Cruz, Jon Supan, Nel Gomez, the Manoeuvres are some of the guests in the special. UNICEF’s Angela Travis and Michelle Borromeo share insights on their Ambassador of 13 years. Also joining him are his children Paolo who is the current lead vocalist of the rock band Salamin and a session lead vocalist for Rivermaya; singer, dancer, and musical arranger/producer Gabriel, who also arranged several of the numbers on the special; and his beautiful and talented daughter, Kiana, in a very moving number arranged musically and vocally by Gary himself.
The special also features some of the Kapamilya Network’s brightest stars such as Billy Crawford, Sam Milby, Yeng Constantino, Jovit Baldovino, Robin Nievera, as well as the new discoveries, Angeline Quinto, Marcelino Pomoy, and Maria Aragon. Gary V has been one of the major hosts of the top-rating musical variety show for the past 8 years.
“With Love, Gary Valenciano” the CD is released by Star Records and it is available in all leading music stores nationwide and the TV special airs on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best on September 04 at 10:45p.m.